Chaos in the U.S. House
Islam News – Kevin McCarthy has now lost eight consecutive votes to be the speaker of the House of Representatives, essentially paralyzing the chamber at the start of the Republican rule. Here are live updates.
House precedent dictates that members continue to take successive votes until someone secures the majority to prevail. But until a speaker is chosen, it cannot pass laws or even swear in its members.
McCarthy privately agreed to more demands from right-wing dissidents. He embraced measures that would weaken the speakership considerably. But the latest vote indicated that the concessions were still not enough to corral the votes he needed to succeed.
What’s next: Either McCarthy puts together the votes to become speaker, or eventually his colleagues encourage him to drop out. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican, is seen as a possible backup. He’s deeply conservative and always on message, but it’s not clear that he could win votes any more readily than McCarthy.
Source: The New York Times